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Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments

By Katie McLaughlin, LPCC
Meditations and other mindful practices to help you find peace in the chaos.
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Sound Sleeping
When you find it difficult to escape your thoughts, come to this practice to find relaxation of the body and the mind, preparing you for restful sleep.
08:12
September 20, 2021
Letting Go
So often we get lost in our thoughts without even realizing it. Finding our inner world consuming our whole day. Follow along with this practice to build your mindfulness muscle, learning to be truly present in the here and now with the help of the breath and the body.
07:07
September 13, 2021
Mindful Movement
Not all mindfulness practices have to cultivate stillness. Sometimes the mind or the body are a bit too antsy to start out sitting still. Meet your mind and body where they are at with this movement practice. This practice can be a bridge into a seated practice or allow it to awaken your senses and carry you into your day.
06:03
September 6, 2021
Weekly Reset
The start of the week holds abundant opportunities for the vast expanse of emotions. Before being pulled in various directions or flooded with stress, take a few minutes to center yourself with this meditation geared towards calming both body and mind. 
06:45
August 30, 2021
Emotional Release
How often do we go about our days and continually push off emotions for a later time? This meditation makes time and space to feel and process through your emotions in the safety of your control. Fear not the power of your emotions; instead, embrace your ability to feel deeply. For within this gift is an immeasurable strength.
07:39
August 23, 2021
Another Mindful Break
Gift yourself a few moments of stillness to reset and refocus your mind.
06:14
August 16, 2021
Using the Senses to Feel Present
Setting aside time for practicing mindfulness is one of the most common hesitations I hear and the biggest barrier to engaging in the well-known and beneficial practice. Remove this barrier entirely by learning a simple grounding technique you can practice anytime, anywhere.
07:49
August 9, 2021
Calming the Nervous System: Elongating the Breath
Try out this breath focused meditation to find relaxation while learning how to turn on your body’s calming system.
07:12
August 2, 2021
Observe
Learn to take back control of your mind with this 7-minute guided meditation, as you practice observing your thoughts without attaching weight to them.
07:04
July 26, 2021
Grounding with the Senses: Summer Edition
Nature has immense and everlasting beauty. If you choose this practice today, find yourself a nice outside space to be present in your surroundings.
08:42
July 19, 2021
Refocus
Before you enter into your hectic day, take a few minutes to feel centered with this brief breath-focused meditation. This simple practice will help you to grow your mindful attention while bringing a sense of calm to the body and the mind.
05:57
July 12, 2021
Renew
So often we begin our week feeling rushed and frazzled; completely caught off guard by the start of a new work week after experiencing the peace and freedom of the weekend or a vacation. Ease into your week with the help of this 5-minute grounding meditation.
05:23
July 5, 2021
Accept
Learn to move through overwhelming emotions without feeling out of control with this guided grounding exercise.
07:03
June 28, 2021
Pause
It is no challenge to get caught up by life; easily frazzled, jittery and feeling out of control. Gift yourself these next 7 minutes to be still, breathe and allow your body to relax.
07:16
June 21, 2021
Find your Strength
Build into your confidence and self-compassion with this guided meditation meant to remind you of who you are and all you can accomplish.
09:08
June 14, 2021
Mindful Walking
The great thing about mindfulness is really how versatile the practice can be. Any activity we engage in on a daily basis can be practiced mindfully. Today’s practice will bring a sense of intention to the everyday activity of walking.
06:55
June 7, 2021
Find Stillness
Often times, anxiety and stress make it feel impossible to be present. As if it is threatening to slow down for even one moment. When we feel like this, taking some deep breaths and trying to be still is exactly what we need.
05:03
May 31, 2021
Guided Imagery - Stream Edition
Allow your thoughts to drift away with this brief guided imagery practice.
09:15
May 24, 2021
Breathe Easy
If you are feeling rushed, as if you don't have time for even 5 minutes for yourself, it it likely that this time is exactly what you need. Give yourself this gift. The next 6 and half minutes are just for you. 
06:45
May 17, 2021
Escape
Sometimes we all just need a break; an opportunity to leave our troubles, experience joy and to remember life has a lot of great moments. This meditation will take you through the practice of remembering the good and learning how to use these good memories to combat those really tough days.
09:15
May 10, 2021
Gratitude
Shift your attention and reflect on the good stuff with this 10 minute gratitude practice.
10:11
May 3, 2021
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Similarly to a body scan, Progressive Muscle Relaxations guide us through scanning over the body to increase awareness of how our muscles feel. This particular practice adds in an intentional engagement and relaxation of the muscles. This teaches the brain and the body how tense muscles compare to relaxed muscles so we can better notice when it would be beneficial to engage in stress-reduction activities. This practice also aids with falling asleep, as it focuses our brain on the body rather than on our thoughts. 
09:33
April 26, 2021
Settle Your Thoughts
If you are feeling frazzled and believe you don’t have time to sit and be still for 5 minutes, that is likely exactly what you need. Reset and clear your mind with this brief and simple meditation.
05:49
April 19, 2021
Emotion Exploration
Emotions can so easily control us if we allow them to. With this episode, you'll learn how to accept, name and feel your emotions, rather than avoiding them at all costs. 
08:37
April 12, 2021
Full Body Scan
 Give your mind a chance to settle, as we shift our focus to the body to let go of rumination or anxiety.
08:11
April 5, 2021
Guided Box Breathing
This technique is a great option to practice when you are feeling extra anxious. An uncommon piece of knowledge about calming down anxiety – it takes between 15-20 minutes to actually feel calm following an episode of higher anxiety or panic. Stick with it, the calm will come as you practice.
06:47
March 29, 2021
Deepening the Breath
Calm the mind as we learn to deepen the breath with this guided, belly-breathing practice.
07:11
March 22, 2021
The 5 Minute Mindful Break
Slow down and refocus with this short, breath-focused guided meditation.
04:31
March 16, 2021